The main reason to hire us is that we are one of the oldest, most experienced, and most respected building inspection companies in the entire Puget Sound area, and we provide an extremely high level and quality of service. And in our profession, actual inspection experience and longevity in the business are two of the most important factors when choosing a home inspector. We also have the unusual credentials of being both a Registered, Professional Engineer in the State of Washington and a certified member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). For more information about ASHI, and why membership in ASHI is so important, click here to go to the ASHI website.
Many people call us and seem to be most concerned with the price of the inspection. And while price is certainly one factor to consider, it is probably the least important item when choosing an inspector. When you purchase a house, you are probably making the largest monetary purchase of your life, and getting the absolute best home inspection possible is certainly in your best interests. And in our profession especially, you definitely get what you pay for.
Many people do not realize that there is no licensing or regulation of home inspectors in the State of Washington, and in many other states throughout the country. (Although Washington State now does require home inspectors to be licensed, structural pest inspectors for this one, small portion of a home inspection.) Therefore, just about anybody can become a home inspector, regardless of their level of knowledge or expertise about how to perform a proper, thorough, and comprehensive home inspection. This makes checking the experience and qualifications of any home inspector that you are considering extremely important. For a list of our qualifications and background, click here.
Many inspectors charge less than we do, but may not have much experience or training in the art of inspecting homes. Or they might only have a construction or contractorís background. Or they might be fairly new to the business. Or they might not spend enough time at the house to do a proper, thorough inspection. Or they might not be inspecting under any specific standards or ethical code, as ASHI members are required to do. And there are a variety of other factors to consider. So is a lower price really a savings? For recommendations on how to choose a home inspector, what questions to ask when comparing inspectors, etc., click here.
Another factor that is becoming very common among inspectors is the practice of giving incomplete information to the client, disclaiming practically everything in their report, and recommending that you hire other professionals for further inspection and consultation. This makes that type of inspection service virtually worthless, because you get very little real information or conclusions, and have to spend additional money and time hiring others. So what are you really saving by hiring an inspector who charges less? As an experienced inspector and licensed engineer, we have the knowledge and expertise to give you complete and accurate information at the inspection and in our report, so you can make a timely and informed decision regarding your house purchase immediately when we are done.
Our goal is to provide you with the most complete, thorough, and informative inspection possible. And we almost always save our clients much more than the cost of the inspection anyway, in terms of getting the seller to make repairs or give price concessions, with our professional, thorough, and comprehensive inspections. Itís almost like getting a free service! Donít you deserve the very best?
Remember this famous quote:
ďThe bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.Ē
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